Benji Speaks Out After Chasetown Match

PUBLISHED: 11:06 03 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

SOHAM boss Ian Benjamin was left fuming at officials in the wake of his side s 3-0 defeat at home to Chasetown. Several of referees James Turner s decisions incurred the ire of Benjamin, but none more so than the leniency showed to striker Phil Harris, wh

SOHAM boss Ian Benjamin was left fuming at officials in the wake of his side's 3-0 defeat at home to Chasetown.

Several of referees James Turner's decisions incurred the ire of Benjamin, but none more so than the leniency showed to striker Phil Harris, whose escape from a red card following a dangerous challenge on Martin Bromwich afforded him time to net a brace.

"The tackle on Martin was right down in front of us on the bench and there was no doubting that it was a bad and potentially dangerous tackle, said Benjamin.

"I have seen subsequent photos of the challenge and I am positive that he should have been dismissed for it, it was the wrong decision."

The tackle happened with less than 10 minutes of the game gone and, having received just a yellow card, Harris went on to slot home a penalty, a decision which also troubled the Green's boss.

"To be honest I didn't think it was a penalty, we could all see that Martin was withdrawing from the challenge and the guy just went over his leg," he said.

Even despite the decisions, Soham still struggled to cope with the movement of the Chasetown front-men, something which Benjamin recognised: "We still have a few troubles to iron out with the defence and I'd like to see Lea Jordan get back to his best but other than a few mistakes I couldn't see that there was too much between the sides on the day," he said.

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